Hummingbirds are extremely territorial and will use the swing as a perching spot to watch over their food source. You just have to place the swing next to a feeder or nectar-rich flowering plant – something the hummingbirds will be territorial over.
We recommend hanging your swing close to the hummingbird’s primary food source (feeder or nectar-rich flowering plant). Place the swing eye level to the food source no more than 1-2 feet away. For optimal use, we do not recommend hanging the swing in a tree as there are too many competing perching spots.
You shouldn’t have to do anything to “attract” hummingbirds to your swing. By placing it close to the food source, you will create an ideal perching spot and the hummingbirds should use the swing instinctively. If your hummingbirds do not see to be noticing the swing once it is hung, you can try placing the swing where the feeder is – then moving the feeder to a new location (eye-level, a foot away). Hummingbirds have an incredible memory and can remember the exact location of every food source they have visited – this will ensure they “discover” the swing on their next trip back to the feeder.
Brightly–colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar, and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and many annuals, including cleomes, impatiens, and petunias.
Most hummingbirds fly north in the spring and south in the winter to complete the hummingbird migration. There are a few exceptions such as the Anna's hummingbird who simply migrate to lower elevations in the spring and higher elevations in the summer. The desert breeding Costa's hummingbird of Arizona also leave for a few short months nut return in December to nest.
For the rest of our feathery friends, see the list below for an estimated spring arrival date for your state!
Estimated Spring Arrival Dates by State:
Early March: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Washington
Late March: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah
Early April: Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia
Late April: Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia
Early May: Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming